Stories: Conflict

  • IRP Fellow Wins 2015 United Nations Correspondents Association Award

    Benedict Moran, a fellow with the International Reporting Project (IRP) in 2014 and 2015, has been awarded the Gold Medal from the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) for his reporting on conflict and religion in the Central African Republic. He was also named the recipient of the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize for written media. Moran, ...

  • Colombian Refugees Seek Justice in Peace Deal

    After three years of negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC rebels in the Cuban capital, Havana, a peace deal that could bring more than five decades of conflict to an end, appears to be in sight. On Tuesday, an agreement on the crucial sticking point of victim reparations and special tribunals to try former members of FARC, the Revolutionary...

  • The Struggle for Mali

    When fighters linked to al-Qaida swept into Timbuktu on 1 April 2012, Dr Ibrahim Maiga found himself living a nightmare. The new rulers of west Africa’s most famous centre of Islamic scholarship immediately set about destroying its history. Over the following months they set fire tothousands of ancient manuscripts, destroyed the mausoleums of local holy menand forced musicians...

  • Colombia Peace Deal Update: Refugees Displaced by Violence Say They’ll Never Return

    A group of Ecuadorian children surrounded Yesenia’s 6-year-old daughter in the playground, taunting her. They pushed her face into the ground. “Dirty Colombian,” they said. "Go back to your country." It was just one of many incidents of bullying that her children, all under the age of 13, have faced at school since...

  • ‘America Has Forgotten About Us’: Former US Allies in Vietnam Flee Persecution

    During the Vietnam War, Kanh Kpa’s indigenous Montagnard relatives fought alongside US Army Special Forces in Vietnam’s remote Central Highlands, where the mostly Christian tribesmen gained a reputation as fierce and loyal allies. But after the war, the ethnic and religious minority Montagnards, or “mountain people,” long at odds with the Vietnamese government, paid...

  • Niger’s Desert North Is a Glimpse Into the Destructive Brilliance of Gaddafi’s 42 Years in Power

    The Grand Mosque of Niamey, built with Libyan government funding in the 1970s, is a beaming adobe with a prism of latticed archways capped with a brilliant green dome, glittering and unscathed after decades under the Sahelian sunlight and dust. The Grand Mosque of Niamey. The Grand Mosque dominates a vast open expanse: It’s one of the...

  • Mali’s Voice of Reason

    This June, as Mali’s three-year civil war sputtered to an end, representatives of the government, loyalist militias, and the rebels gathered here in the capital to discuss their country’s future. Just days earlier they had signed a provisional peace agreement. Now, they came together for a public discussion of the deal: not in...

  • A Country on the Brink: Millions Go Hungry in South Sudan

    Mary Nyabouth and her six children fled fighting in her village of Nyal in late June, paddling two hours in a canoe until she reached a remote island in the swamps of Unity state. While they are now safe from the rapidly increasing violence between rebels and government troops, they are among the 4.6 million people in South Sudan — 40 percent...

  • African Bishop Fights to Get Children to Iowa

    Natalia Peni remembers sprinting into the skin-scraping bush, stilling her breath and hoping for dawn. Soldiers from the Lord's Resistance Army looted her family's home and many others in Yambio, South Sudan, that night in 2006. She was 10. Her father, Samuel Enosa Peni, an Episcopal cleric, was away. She narrowly escaped with her siblings and mother. But neighbors were...

  • The Iranian-Saudi Proxy Wars Come to Mali

    In a country where two-thirds of the adults are illiterate, it is a privileged few who have the chance to study at the Mustafa International School. Located in the western suburbs of Bamako, a few blocks from the U.S. Embassy, the college-level seminary has just 180 students — 150 men and 30 women. They engage in an intensive curriculum that encompasses theology,...